‘Tireless supporter of community’ dies
Reverend enjoyed working as a volunteer
TRIBUTES have poured in for a tireless community supporter who died last week.
The Rev Derek Upcott died aged 87 on Thursday, October 16.
Mr Upcott, who lived in Ballinger with Cic, his wife of 61 years, was involved with many organisations including being vice-chairman of The Chiltern Society, a former secretary and chair of the Chesham Society, treasurer and chairman of the 1970 Chesham Millenary Festival, and chairman of Chiltern Open Air Museum for 11 years.
He was committee member of the Chilterns Conservation Board, co-founder, secretary, treasurer and vice-chairman of the Chesham and District Community Association and former two-time president of the Rotary Club of Chesham Upcott and founder of the Rotary Technology Tournament.
He also coached youth football teams.
Mrs Upcott paid tribute to her late husband, saying: “Chesham’s really going to miss him and he’ll be missed by a lot of organisations. He liked doing voluntary work.
“Volunteering is just a way of life for us, it’s what we do.”
President of Chesham Rotary Helen Salisbury said: “He did so much for Chesham and the surrounding areas. He had many friends and will be sadly missed.”
Mr Upcott was Chiltern Open Air Museum’s longest serving chairman and after stepping down in 2012 he became a patron.
Museum director Sue Shave said: “We’re absolutely devastated. He made a great contribution to the museum and saw it through a lot of great challenges.”
Mr Upcott is survived by his wife, two children and six grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of Mr Upcott’s life, his work in the community and passion for music at St Mary’s Church, Chesham, at 2.15pm on Friday, November 7 followed by refreshments at the White Hill Centre.
TRIBUTES: The Rev Derek